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'October 2019'

Oct 29

Director's Message

Posted to Community Services News on October 29, 2019 at 11:31 AM by Janet Lo

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Allow Us To Reintroduce Ourselves...

You probably already noticed that things look a little different around here. This month, we're unveiling a new look for the Division of Community Services. With the various services that our division provides, we're introducing a fresh appearance to help Shelby County residents better understand and access the important resources available to them to improve their well-being, promote economic security, and independence. 

To highlight Community Service’s unified and connected departments that assist individuals and families during critical times of need, we have made some exciting improvements and changes to our identity including new logos, an improved website, and video, and this new eNews format, that showcases our comprehensive efforts and impact. 

There are many benefits to rebranding right now in the division, including:

  • Expanded ability to attract new clients that are eligible for services, but may not be familiar with services offered
  • Renewed, collaborative focus to achieve goals that are set by our team
  • Increased engagement and buzz that can generate expanded opportunities for services
  • Refreshed commitment and focus on our core mission, values and purpose of service to the community

For decades, Shelby County’s Division of Community Services has been devoted to serving the unique needs of elderly residents, veterans, young adults, women and families in our community. In times of need and crisis, we want all Shelby County residents to know and remember that there’s hope and that we’re here to assist. Together, we look forward to advancing our work and service to our community. 

Dorcas Young Griffin
Director of the Division of Community Services
Shelby County Government

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Oct 29

Celebrate Shelby County's 200th Birthday

Posted to Community Services News on October 29, 2019 at 11:15 AM by Janet Lo

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A New Century of Possibilities
Celebrate the Bicentennial of Shelby County on Sunday, November 24, 1-5:30pm, with a free, family friendly event at Shelby Farms, the urban park that’s the jewel of Shelby County. 

The best of Memphis, Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, Arlington, Millington and Lakeland will be on hand for this county-wide birthday party (complete with cake!), and visitors can enjoy a few exciting surprises to end the celebration with a “bang!”

Be sure to visit each community area to discover more about the cities and towns that make Shelby County great as we Celebrate 200 Years and a New Century of Possibilities!

  • Fireworks
  • Food trucks
  • Petting zoo
  • Live entertainment featuring Marcella & Her Lovers and Kevin and Bethany Page

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Oct 29

October 2019 Staff News

Posted to Community Services News on October 29, 2019 at 11:13 AM by Janet Lo

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Self-Care Becomes a Group Effort

In September Director Griffin charged us all to think about, “The Art of Self-Care”, and how important it is to determine your why, go back to the basics, get an accountability partner(s), be intentional, and to recognize that self-care is a journey. With inspiration brewing in their spirits and motivation on their minds, employees in the Division of Community Services-Director’s Office came together to form the first ever Division of Community Services Walking Group (catchier name coming soon). Spearheaded by Karen Gause, this group walks every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 to 11:30 am in the Employee Wellness Center or around the Downtown area close to the office. Studies say, walking 30 minutes a day improves your mood, gets your creative juices flowing, and helps you sleep better at night along with many other added benefits. So accept the challenge with us as we work towards being deliberate in our self-care journey. You never know, your office could be full of coworkers and employees with the same self-care goals as you! 

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Augustine Pirtle

Augustine Pirtle has been selected as Community Services Agency’s first “Employee of the Month” for September 2019!!  Augustine has displayed dedication and commitment to the Agency. Tasked with completing Assurance 16 Project, Ms. Pirtle tackled and accomplished the responsibility with tenacity, enthusiasm, and professionalism. 

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Ray Burnett

Ray is a recently relocated from Little Rock,  AR.  Some of Ray’s interests include roller skating and technology.  She is interested in traveling to Dubai and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

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Ereca Fondren

Ereca is a  Memphis native who  graduated from The University of Memphis with a BA in Psychology. She is the mother of two girls who are the center of her “ universe” and keep her busy!  Outside of working and being a parent, Ereca enjoys reading, cooking, and all things glamour and fashion!


Kimberly Holmes

Kimberly is a  single mother with a passion for treat making and party coordinating. She grew up in Memphis and is a Melrose alumni. Kimberly’s goal in life is to make a difference starting within her own household and then the community.

Lateshia McNeil

Lateshia is a graduate of Fairley High School in Memphis, TN.  She has prior experience in the education field and is looking forward to working and assisting people in the community.


Jessica Saulsberry

Jessica is a graduate of Tougaloo College and received an Associate’s in Music. She says she loves singing , traveling and spending time with her family.

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